Peeping into the microworld of insects!

by Geetha – I have been in love with the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) from when I first learned of its existence as an undergraduate student. I became very happy in the NICE lab when I was able to take an Electron Microscopy course for my Postdoctoral study on pollinators. Successively, I have engaged every chance to use the SEM, and have accumulated a beautiful little pool of micrographs. Here are some from our collection!

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A Honeybee’s upper lip!

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The hairy eyeball of the honeybee showing thousands of ommatidia (optical units of the compound eye) 

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The additional “simple eyes” of the honeybee known as ocelli

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The elegant foot of the honeybee

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Pollen of the ornamental plant, Techoma stans 

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